National monument “Sahat Kula” Gracanica

Gračanica, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Gračanica, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Property Description

The facility „Sahat Kula“ (clock tower) in Gračanica, as well as the most buildings of similar purpose, is located in the center of the old market, in the immediate vicinity of the downtown near the Ahmed Pasha Mosque. It is one of the most important buildings of the city from that period.

The clock tower „Sahat Kula“ is an essential element of identification of the old market. It is a specific public facility indispensable for architectural and urban development of the village. The building is an integral part of the bazaar and its verticality represents a part of the overall view of the city.

The clock tower is conceptually and compositionally closely associated with spatial decision of the downtown Gracanica. It represents single-spaced building with an almost square base and sides measuring approximately 3.60 x 3.60 m. The house is built of stone, and walls are, as well as of other facilities of this type, very massive with an average thickness of 80 cm.

By Decission of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, the clock tower „Sahat Kula“ in Gracanica was declared a national monument on 6 May 2003.

It is in fairly good physical condition. Reconstruction of the roof was done in 2003 as well as the repair of internal stairs, and watches purchased from France were placed here. Watches were assembled several times: Austrian authorities purchased watches from Vienna in 1878, and they re-mounted clocks then in 1952, with the last set re-mounted in 1970 and removed in 1986 for repair. After that nothing was installed any more. Interventions made to the clock tower, including the last in 2003, were not based on clear principles of restoration. Therefore modification of the original material and the original appearance of the building can be seen today. Although for some replacements of certain parts of the building appropriate materials were not used, it is not possible to claim that permanent damage was caused to the building.